Here’s a piece of surprising news. Stephen Lang, who portrayed the villainous Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron’s Avatar, has been confirmed (by Deadline Hollywood) to return for all three Avatar sequels that Cameron is shooting back-to-back-to-back for some reason. It’s surprising, of course, because – and this will be a spoiler if you haven’t seen Avatar, but almost the entirety of Earth’s population saw Avatar four times over so spoilers shouldn’t really be a big deal – we all saw Quaritch snuffed out by a couple of well-placed arrows at the end of the original film.
So how exactly will Cameron re-insert his scarfaced villain into the jungles of Pandora? Given that we know next to nothing about Avatars 2–4, almost anything could be possible. He could go the Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man route and for some beyond the grave taunting (although there are no haunted mirrors on Pandora; Quaritch may be relegated to haunted puddles). Or perhaps we’ll see the villain return via flashback.
Or we could be talking clones here. In fact, it’s far more likely to be clones if you consider this interview with UGO.com, where Lang mentioned that, as far as sequel prospects go, “nothing’s over as long as I got DNA.” Granted, he may have said that way back in 2009, but who knows how long Cameron’s been planning all this. Or how far into the future his plans extend – we may be seeing Avatar sequels (every one of them featuring Stephen Lang) for decades to come.